Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sydney Australia
I have over 40 years’ experience as an Executive Director and senior business leader in the finance sector. I have a strong focus on strategy and deep knowledge of corporate finance, including equity raisings, debt financing, corporate advisory and M&A. Previously, I’ve held senior positions at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and McIntosh/Baring Securities. Most recently, I was Executive Chairman at Nomura Investment Bank in Australia. I’m also a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I joined Ignition in August 2015.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director, Sydney Australia
I have over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive, business leader and philanthropist. I spent my earlier career at CBA, Optus, Amdahl in the US and IBM Australia. Most recently, I was Founding Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Fortescue Metals Group and Chairman of UK-listed Sirius Minerals PLC. I am Chairman of the Garvan Foundation and Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. I also hold a Doctorate of Business (DBA) and have been an Associate Member of CPA for over 40 years. I joined Ignition in December 2020.
I have 30 years’ experience in financial services software development. During this time, I have managed and built solutions in Australia, the UK and the US for CBA, Westpac, Barclays, Lloyds and Microsoft. I’m a serial entrepreneur and previously founded, scaled and exited two enterprise technology companies – Invisic into Silicon Valley in 2002 and WealthPoint into Asia in 2006.
I have over 35 years global experience across funds management, stockbroking, corporate advisory and venture capital. I have held several C-level roles at leading financial institutions, including Potter Warburg (UBS), ANZ Bank and ABN AMRO. With a focus on technology, innovation and disruption, I have successfully founded two start-ups and currently serve as a key member on both boards.
I oversaw Ignition’s launch in Europe and have 25 years’ of experience in financial services implementing technology strategies and creating new business models. Prior to Ignition, I was a founder and CEO for Omnium Investment Platform and Commercial Director for Natulis Group AG.
I have 35 years’ experience as a business leader in the UK and European Financial Services sectors. I was a member of the Management Boards of Zurich, AXA and Aegon, then CEO of FNZ, before establishing my own advisory and interim Executive firm. I’ve worked with organisations such as Legal & General, BCG, Prudential and M&G plc. I have a long history of successfully deploying digital technologies to enhance business performance and played a significant role in establishing the investment platform sector in the UK. I joined Ignition in April 2021.
I have over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in a range of senior roles in Australia and Europe, including founding industry consulting firm Tria Investment Partners in 2004. More recent roles include Global Partner and UK & EMEA lead of NMG Consulting’s London practice; and Head of Proposition, Product & Strategy at AustralianSuper. In this role I will provide assistance and guidance to Ignition’s senior management and board in developing and executing the business’s strategy in the Asia Pacific region, and broader global pension fund strategy.
I’m a Senior Global Financial Services Managing Director with over 30 years’ experience. I’ve worked across Asia and Europe including as a Director and responsible officer and member of responsible entity boards. Recently I was based in Tokyo as Managing Director Asia Pacific of AMP Capital. I’m an active advocate for cross-cultural inclusion and improving wellbeing. I’m currently undertaking a PhD focusing my research on the Financial Planning Industry. I joined Ignition in April 2021.
I bring 20 years of global technology leadership to Ignition, working at Tabcorp, One Big Switch and as Chief Information Officer of Harris Farm Markets. I have built lasting solutions in various industries including retail, media, finance and logistics, and have been involved with sales and product development from inception to market. I joined Ignition in November 2015.
I’m a technologist with some 20 years’ experience building large-scale, high-availability technology solutions, mostly in financial services. I am passionate about building products that not only excite users but also keep their details safe and secure! I joined Ignition in July 2018.
I believe that everyone deserves financial wellness – the confidence to make decisions and control their money. I have 15 years’ experience in financial services, and as an internationally certified product manager, I’ve led significant transformation and change initiatives, including technology-enabled financial advice. These projects have helped thousands of advisers and customers, improving the quality and reach of financial advice and driving customer advocacy and loyalty.
Chief Commercial Officer - Europe, England, United Kingdom
With 23 years industry experience I have held a series of leadership roles within retail financial services technology firms. Prior to Ignition I was the Global Head of Product and Strategy for Bravura Solutions having held a number of Executive roles at the company including Sales Director for EMEA as well as leading Bravura’s M&A team. Prior to Bravura I was the deputy CEO of EQ investors, a regulated Wealth Management, traditional Advice and Hybrid Advice business.
I am a senior IT manager with over 20 years’ experience in software development. I’ve developed and led teams through many transformations. Prior to Ignition, I was Group General Manager – Business Support Systems at Vocus and General Manager – IT Services at M2 Group.
With over 20 years of experience in financial services and advice, I’ve worked for several prominent institutions, including AMP, Commonwealth Bank and Zurich. I have a deep knowledge of financial advice across multiple functions, including compliance, operations, risk management and advice business leadership. I’m passionate about improving access to quality financial advice. At Ignition, I lead our advice and content strategy, including building and maintaining our advice algorithms.
Chief Operations Officer Europe, England, United Kingdom
I have 20 years of experience working with clients across a range of industry sectors to implement and optimise technology solutions. Prior to joining Ignition, I was Head of Account Management for Bravura Solutions – a global provider of software solutions. Before that I was a Director within the Technology Consulting practice at Deloitte where I specialised in digital transformation.
As COO Europe, I am responsible for overseeing client services associated with Ignition’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) proposition and will work closely with existing clients to optimise these relationships and oversee the business expansion to onboard new clients within the UK and Europe
I joined Ignition Advice in January 2021 as Business Development Director, APAC and lead Ignition’s Corporate Development & Marketing relationships. I am a senior member of the Ignition Leadership Team, reporting directly to our CEO. I work with institutions and their stakeholders in the development of their Digital Advice journey. I have over 30 years’ experience within financial services. I have held senior management roles with organisations such as the AFA, ipac, AMP, ING Australia, BT Financial Group and ASGARD Wealth Solutions.
I am proud to work in an industry that improves lives by helping customers make better financial decisions. I have over 25 years’ experience in marketing, operations and product across life insurance, superannuation and investments. I joined Ignition Advice in March 2021.